Seeing as I'm currently not bringing in much in the way of income, sometimes I feel guilty on the money that my husband and I spend on furthering my writing career. I'm lucky that I'm married to someone that believes in my abilities without question, and that buoys me on those days I'm feeling low.
Since I've left work, we've spent money on smaller items like books and subscriptions to magazines that will help my craft and I joined SCBWI, but there have been larger expenses, mainly my iMac. I'm not going to lie-I've been wanting to go the Mac route for years and I was thrilled that we were finally at a place where we could afford to do it. That said, I did consider the Mac to be a business expense. I spend several hours a day on my computer, and the Mac has a screen a LOT larger than my laptop. There is also Mac only writing software (I'm currently trying out Scrivener), and frankly, for me-it just makes life as a writer that much easier.
We're also pondering if we can afford for me to attend an SCBWI conference next year, either in New York or LA. This isn't going to be cheap, so while I feel a bit guilty for spending the money, my husband tells me that if I feel that if it will help me improve as a writer, and we can afford it, why shouldn't I go?
Again, I know I'm lucky, and I guess I see the money I'm spending as an investment towards my (hopeful) future career. I'm not going overboard in my spending, mainly because I know that the odds of me getting a one in a million large advance for my first novel are actually higher than one in a million. I'm spending what I hope to maybe, someday get back.
Writers: how are you investing in your future writing career?